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The Torah Community of Belarus is Expanding
by Yechiel Sever

The recent holiday period served to highlight the development of the Torah community in Belarus, under the leadership of HaRav Shimon Brook, rosh yeshiva of the Berditchev Yeshiva in the Ukraine, and head of Menorah — A Light to our Brethren in the Diaspora, which is under the nesius of HaRav Matisyahu Salomon, the mashgiach of Lakewood.

MK Rabbi Eichler: Beit Shemesh Residents Cannot Deprive Chareidim of Housing Rights
By Eliezer Rauchberger

"Never has a political figure or a representative of a certain segment of the population had the audacity to use Knesset committees as a platform against allowing Russians, Ethiopians or Arabs from living in certain neighborhoods in Israeli cities," MK Rabbi Yisroel Eichler said during a meeting of the Knesset Finance Committee to review complaints by secular Beit Shemesh residents against the influx of chareidim in the city.

Dunner Foundation Launched at CER Conference in Warsaw
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"Through the efforts of Conference of European Rabbis President HaRav Pinchos Goldschmidt, we hereby announce the formation of the Dunner Foundation for Jewish Sanctity," CER Executive Committee Chairman and Tikva Odessa Chairman Rabbi Refoel Kruskal announced on Tuesday to the 27th CER conference, held this year in Warsaw.

Ministry of Religious Services Establishes Permanent Post to Prevent Grave Desecration
By Eliezer Rauchberger

A permanent position was established at the Ministry of Religious Services to oversee the prevention of grave desecration, according to an agreement reached between Knesset Finance Ministry Chairman MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni and Finance Ministry officials.

Bais Yaakov in Modi'in Illit Named after Rebbetzin Kanievsky o"h
by Yechiel Sever

In a moving ceremony in the home of HaRav Chaim Kanievsky shlita, the Bais Yaakov of the Brachfeld neighborhood of Kiryat Sefer was named of the recently departed Bas Sheva Esther Kanievsky o"h. The official name is Maalos Bas Sheva.

HaRav Don Ungarischer zt"l
By S. Bruchi and Y. Sever

Eminent figures from the Torah world, including HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, HaRav Nissim Karelitz, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky and HaRav Gershon Edelstein, led thousands of Yeshivas Beis Medrash Elyon students and alumni, as well as other bnei Torah, at the levaya in Bnei Brak and Jerusalem Tuesday of HaRav Don Ungarischer zt"l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Beis Medrash Elyon in Monsey and Bnei Brak and the son-in-law of HaRav Reuven Grozovsky, who was the son-in-law of HaRav Boruch Ber Leibowitz, who passed away Monday and was buried at Jerusalem's Har Hamenuchos Cemetery.

The Tchebiner Rov HaGaon R' Dov Berisch Weidenfeld, ztvk'l"l
In honor of his yahrtzeit 10 Cheshvan

On 5 Shevat 5641, the third son of Rabbi Yankele of Herimlov, author of Kochav MiYaakov, was born.

At first R' Dov Berisch learned with his father and, although the latter was niftar when his son was bar mitzvah, he brings many chiddushim in the name of his father in his sefer Dovev Meishorim.


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IN-DEPTH FEATURES: Rabbi Mordechai Miller: He Changed the Face of Torah Jewry

by M. Samsonowitz

Part II

Many students felt that Rabbi Miller's hashkofoh class was the best class in the Sem. In this class he addressed issues of how a Jew should perceive the world at large and by which principles he should conduct his life. What is "love" and how is it fostered? How does a Jew see technological progress? Why is it important to be a giver and not a taker, and when is giving really taking? What is truth? What is free will, and what is the level of your free will? Also, materialism and spirituality -- pros and cons.

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How Should We React to Current Events?

by Nosson Zeev Grossman

Rabbbi Grossman discusses HaRav Shach's approach to understanding current events.
The Rosh Yeshiva said then that although every Jew is obliged to believe in the coming of Moshiach and await his coming every day, nevertheless anyone interpreting events in such a light takes attention away from our real duties and the necessary stock-taking that both the pubic and the individual have to make.
He gave a penetrating shmuess (published in Digleinu in Cheshvan 5734) on our duties during that difficult time. He warned against saying that everything happened by chance chas vesholom, stressing that we had to know what was expected of us: an improvement in our Torah studies and tefilloh.

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The Entire Maseches Brochos in Two Hours!

by R' Zvi Yabrov

Stories from the Chazon Ish. What did he answer when asked: "Why do people repeatedly tell me to `come tomorrow'? Will these people be any richer on the following day?"

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In Face of the Danger -- A Perspective on Emunah

by HaRav Abba Grossbard zt"l

The following talk was delivered in Yeshivas Lomza, Petach Tikva, during the Second World War, in the midst of the battle at El Alamein, in Egypt that threatened the Jews of Eretz Yisroel.
One who wholeheartedly cleaves always unto Hashem, will not wrest his very thoughts from Him to consider worldly matters. Such a person is always guarded from the vicissitudes of his times, even those resulting from causes in nature. He will be protected even by miracle, and it will be as if he is invulnerable to any normal occurrences or disasters that surface with time. His closeness and adherence to Hashem will verily preserve and protect him completely.



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